Billions on way to attack abandoned mine pollution

Billions on way to attack abandoned mine pollution

Complimentary “mine pollution and funding” article for PNA members

In partnership with the Bay Journal, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association is providing this article to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in November is sending an unprecedented $6.4 billion for abandoned mine lands cleanup to Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia over the next 15 years.

The record cleanup money will enable a quantum leap in removing the readily visible scars that still harm the environment in the four states.

People like Ed Wytovich of the Catawissa Creek Restoration Association in Pennsylvania are giddy about the influx of funds.

Catawissa Creek is a 42-mile-long stream that drains into the Susquehanna River in eastern Pennsylvania. It is one of the most picturesque waterways in the state, all but untouched by roads. Its sand and gravel bottom, cobblestones and boulders should make it one of the best wild trout streams in the eastern United States. Sixteen of its tributaries have wild trout.

But it’s dead.

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The Bay Journal, founded in 1991, offers independent environmental reporting for the Chesapeake Bay region. Published 10 times a year (print) and mirrored by its website, bayjournal.com, the newspaper covers environmental issues ranging from nutrient pollution and agricultural best practices to endangered species and climate change impacts. The 64,000-mile Bay watershed reaches six states (including nearly half of Pennsylvania) and the District of Columbia.

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